a great conductor or even a good one

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paddycarol

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Chinese, China
For my part, I have no idea whether Gilbert is a great conductor or even a good one. To be sure, he performs an impressive variety of interesting compositions,but it is not necessary for me to visit Avery Fisher Hall to hear interesting orchestral music.



What on earth does the author say about Gibert? When I read the sentence, I expected it to stop at "a great conductor", but why still "or even a good one"?
 
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    American English
    There are levels of quality: great, good, average, poor, awful. So he's saying that he has no idea if he's great ... or even good. All he knows is that he plays a variety of "interesting" compositions -- and "interesting" is often a code word for not very appealing.
     

    entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Because I have no idea what's true. Is he a great conductor? I don't know: he might be, he might not be. Okay, if he's not great then perhaps he's at least good (great is better than good). But I don't know that either - perhaps he's good, perhaps not. I don't know if he's great, and (what is weaker) I don't even know if he's (a little bit) good.
     

    paddycarol

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    Chinese, China
    Because I have no idea what's true. Is he a great conductor? I don't know: he might be, he might not be. Okay, if he's not great then perhaps he's at least good (great is better than good). But I don't know that either - perhaps he's good, perhaps not. I don't know if he's great, and (what is weaker) I don't even know if he's (a little bit) good.
    :):):thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Now,I get it. I don't even know if he's (a little bit) good. "even" is supposed to be here when I'm making sense of it.
     

    paddycarol

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    Chinese, China
    There are levels of quality: great, good, average, poor, awful. So he's saying that he has no idea if he's great ... or even good. All he knows is that he plays a variety of "interesting" compositions -- and "interesting" is often a code word for not very appealing.
    Great! You've affirmed my feel of the word "interesting".:) I find it very hard for English learners to get the exact feel of certain words. Thank you!:)
     
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